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Failed deterrent.

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by dream_police, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Well the slinky on my feeder, there to keep away the squirrels seems to have failed. Bloody things.
    This was just before I saw Kotaro the cat go hurtling across the garden in pursuit of another squirrel making it's way to the feeder. This one leapt off and ran the other way.

    [​IMG]squirrel2 by Nigel G, on Flickr

    [​IMG]squirrel by Nigel G, on Flickr
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  2. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Determined beggars! We don't have any here thank goodness.
  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    He isn't much of a deterrent either. He just waits for them so he can chase them around.

    [​IMG]kotaro3 by Nigel G, on Flickr

    [​IMG]kotaro1 by Nigel G, on Flickr
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  4. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    You've got it too high, they can jump better than horses. Try it starting almost at ground level.

    Or an air rifle.

  5. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Tried that but then they used it as a ladder as it stretched!
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  6. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    I'm sure we are all old enough to remember this...
  7. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    We had a very similar longhair many years ago. Great mouser in her early years but once she got to 3 she decided to specialise in laziness. She really worked at that. ;)
  8. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that - forgot I bought some pistachio nuts last night, you've reminded me.
  9. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    God, you treat your birds/squirrels well.
  10. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    I just like watching them try to open them.
  11. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    This is one of my frequent visitors. S/he'd soon manage it.


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  12. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    A quick look on the web suggest pepper based products, as squirrels don't like pepper, but the birds don't notice it.

    Err....still got any pepper spray?:D
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  13. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Take up dog sitting until the squirrels get the message?
  14. Bipolar

    Bipolar Well-Known Member

    This what I use.

  15. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I got up this morning at around 0600 to this sight. For around 10 mins, if not longer, the squirrel was sat at the top of the feeder in a mexican standoff with Kotaro. the squirrel quite clearly wanted to come down but Kotaro was having none of it, until he heard the cat flap open and our other cat went out. As he turned his head the squirrel was down in a flash closely followed by Kotaro. I have no idea what the end result was, but I assume the thing escaped. If you zoom in on the pic it looks like the squirrel is just chilling up there with his front legs crossed. The bastard is still defeating my slinky, despite altering it's length and oiling the pole. I give up. I'm not allowed to dispatch it by the way.

    [​IMG]mexican standoff by Nigel G, on Flickr
  16. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    Lower the pole to about half its current height. That'll be in leaping range of Kotaro. Put it back to full height when the execution is over. The birds will have to wait a little for their grub.
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  17. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    There must have been a recent litter? of squirrels. I have about 5 of the blighters. I have a big plastic lidded tough crate behind in the pagoda full of bird food. They will not be able to get in it but christ they are giving it a go. Chewing the plastic to bits.
  18. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I witnessed a similar stand-off between my lurcher and a rat. It didn't end favourably for the rat as it was 2 pieces of rat when it hit the ground.
  19. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Is it legal and where do the pellets end up if you miss?
  20. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    It's totally legal to shoot invasive species like grey squirrels in the UK. Regarding stray shots, a responsible shooter will have checked where any misses may end up.

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